Research and Consulting

By Bill Rivers (Fels ’16) Bill Rivers: Rob, thanks so much for taking the time to chat. Tell us where you’re going after graduation and what you’ll be doing there. Rob Alterman: I’ll be starting at McKinsey and Company as an associate. I’ll be working with clients, helping them with strategy problems, broadly-speaking. I’ll be a generalist for a bit, then consider specializing on either an...
By Bill Rivers, MPA Candidate, University of Pennsylvania [Note: This article is part of a capstone research project conducted by second-year student Bill Rivers and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Fels Institute or the University of Pennsylvania.] As divided House Republicans continue FY17 Budget deliberations, Speaker Paul Ryan and Freedom Caucus leaders increasingly face an...
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Championing a proposal for prison-issued ID for returning citizens, student members of the “Individual Dignity Project” clinched top prize at the 7th Annual Penn Public Policy Competition last weekend. Salomon Moreno-Rosa, Samantha Waxman and Sarai Williams walked away with a guaranteed slot at the national competition in March – and a $5,000 check to further develop their...
In 2011, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), working through a private auctioneer, conducted the first of several auction sales of vacant, “scattered-site” houses and lots. These auctions were the first such sales in the agency’s history. To assess the current status of  properties sold at these auctions, a team of students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of...
As a former City Council Fellow, Meghan O’Connor (Fels ’16) has a strong grasp of the complex policy issues facing the City of Brotherly Love. But this past summer, she wanted to deepen that expertise with an experience in policy work at the federal level. “I found out we had a Fels alum working at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, so I worked with Fels career advising to reach out...
When Pennsylvania’s leading health care coverage coalition met in Harrisburg last week to explore the post-ACA landscape, they could count one passionate and dedicated Felsian among their ranks. Jen Gable (Fels ’16) attended the Pennsylvania Health Access Network’s (PHAN) annual conference and quickly found herself at ‘ground zero’ for public health thought-leadership.  “In addition to...
By Kathryn McCarthy, MPA '15, Associate Consultant  In line with the need for the President to bring the nation up to speed on the State of the Union, it is important to bring attention to the current projects and new developments of the Fels Consulting team. While the State of the Union might garner somewhat more press coverage than a blog post on the State of Fels Consulting, the latter...
By Alan Sable MPA '14, Associate Consultant Philadelphia City Council is poised to pass an historic land bank bill that supporters tout as a long awaited solution to Philadelphia’s vacant land epidemic. Land banks are “entities that can hold and manage vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties, making it faster, easier and cheaper for prospective new owners to purchase these properties and get...
By Morgan Jones '15, Associate Consultant Fels has begun consulting with the Free Library of Philadelphia to create a strategic plan for transforming local libraries in high-unemployment, high-poverty neighborhoods into resource centers for job seekers, many of whom are challenged by digital and traditional literacy deficits. The effort will employ a Collective Impact model. First presented by...
Governing Magazine recently published an article by Fels associate consultant Alan Sable on their website titled, "Are Philadelphia's Taxes Really So Unfriendly to Business?" You can read the complete article here.
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